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JCPenney Announces Plans to Eliminate Checkout Clerks with Automated Machines — Dollars and Sense

Today many companies are being forced to either change with the times or die.

One of those companies is retail giant JCPenney — where recent struggles inside of an unstable economy have made it difficult for the retail chain to continue to do business as it has for nearly 100 years.

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You May Not Believe How Much Parents Will Spend On Back-to-School Supplies This Year — Survey of the Day

For a kid, there may be nothing more depressing than the first advertisements for back-to-school sales, which remind them that their summer vacation won’t last forever.

The only thing more depressing for parents may be the cost of sending their little ones back to a new classroom.

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New Bill Would Force Online Retailers to Collect Sales Tax — Dollars and Sense

Online shoppers often cite the convenience of purchasing items from web retailers like Amazon, but another perk to cyber shopping is that buyers often don’t have to pay sales tax.

Thanks to a congressional bill, though, that could soon change.

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Are You an Online Shopper? Here’s Why You Might Want to Head Back to the Store

Mobile devices have been a boon to shoppers looking to get the best deals they can, but a practice called “showrooming” — in which consumers check out items at brick-and-mortar stores before buying them for less online — is becoming a real headache for some retailers.

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‘Back-to-School Saturday’ Is the Newest Shopping Holiday — Dollars and Sense

You know about shopping holidays like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but how about Back-to-School Saturday?

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Amazon Reigns Supreme in Online Customer Satisfaction

What do Amazon, Apple, and L.L. Bean have in common? They all ranked at the top of their categories in a recent study tracking customer satisfaction with online retailers.

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New DNA Evidence Points To Serial Killer Active In LA For Two Decades
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Trash Is Men’s Work! The Big Question And More From The Erwin Pawn Tradio Show

A busy and eventful Erwin Pawn Tradio Show this last weekend.  We're getting set for Amarillo's Largest Garage Sale next weekend and thinking about trash.

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Word Choice Affects Consumer Decision Making

Are you more likely to order pizza from a place that guarantees a delivery time of a half hour, or from a place that offers delivery in 29 minutes? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, most consumers would trust the 29 minute guarantee if it comes from a trustworthy source.

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Which of the Five Senses Can You Blame for Buyer’s Remorse?

We’ve all been there. We see something online that we want, we hit the “purchase” button — and then wish we hadn’t. Why are we so fickle?

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Why Do Online Retailers Love Mondays So Much?

You may not look forward to Mondays, but online retailers sure do — it’s frequently the biggest day of the week for cyber-shopping.

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